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July 30, 2013

Report: TSA Must Apply Misconduct Policies Uniformly

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement in response to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled "Transportation Security: TSA Could Strengthen Monitoring of Allegations of Employee Misconduct (GAO-13-624)" on how employee misconduct is handled by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

"Over a decade after being established, it is frustrating that TSA still does not have a system in place to ensure that allegations of employee misconduct are adjudicated consistently and uniformly. Given that TSOs do not have the same employment protections and due process rights that most federal employees have, it is critical that TSA review cases to ensure that policies and procedures regarding employee misconduct are being followed uniformly by managers and supervisors at different airports. Failing to do so leaves TSA vulnerable to claims that punishment for misconduct could be tainted by influences beyond the facts of each case."

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